The story follows blood prophet, Meg Corbyn, who has the ability to see prophecies when her skin is cut, making her valuable to those who would use and manipulate her for power and financial gain. She escapes a facility and find refuge at the Lakeside Courtyard, the home to the Others, where she is given the job Human Liaison Officer by Simon Wolfgard. Under the protection of the Others, Meg remains free from those who wish to use abuse her abilities, but living with the knowledge of her foretold demise from a prophecy.
The world in which the story takes place is well developed without any mass information dumping which can be a side affect of many fantasy novels. Mo
st of the crucial information to set the scene is given in a prologue and after that the plot takes over.
Meg as a main protagonist serves the story well. Although she initially seems quite a passive character, she takes control of her own fate. Because she has been void of an ordinary upbringing she doesn’t have the typical experiences to deal with all of the situations she is put into, but whenever she makes a mistake or has a regret she actually, shock-horror, learns from it and does something different the next time. There is very little Mary-Sue about Meg Corbyn, but it did seem a little all too easy how everyone in the Courtyard took a liking to her so easily and were so protective of a stranger just because she delivered a few packages for them. They literally risk their lives and a full blown war over a girl they don’t know very well.
That package deliveries brings me on to the part of the novel I least enjoyed and that was the tedious routine of going through Meg’s job as Human Liaison Officer. The first half of the book is going through Meg’s duties and responsibilities as she accepts packages from couriers and sends them to the Others in the Courtyard. I mean attention to detail in how the postal service in this world operates has not been spared and there can be no question about the authenticity and reliability of this system. But my word did it get boring after a while. There was this crazy massacre which Simon Wolfgard leaves town to investigate and instead of following this POV character into some possible action and plot developments we stay with Meg at the Courtyard as she accepts packages, orders library books and babysits a wolf puppy. The wolf puppy parts weren’t that bad, its literally impossible to not like adorable wolf puppies, but it felt like for most of the book that nothing was actually going to happen.
However with the planned length of the series it seems the overall story arch will develop and with the first installment over there is plenty of room for some action to take place. Overall it was a solid start to a series and an easy three star rating.